CRITICAL – Jean-Pierre Améris adapts Sorj Chalandon and directs Benoît Poelvoorde as a mythomaniac father.
You have to put yourself in his place. At school, when the teacher asks him what his father is doing, he doesn’t know what to say. Footballer, parachutist, judo champion, spy, there is a choice. None of this is true. For Émile, who was 12 years old in Lyon, in 1961, it wasn’t funny every day.
In Algiers takes place the putsch of the generals. This puts the father in all his states. He hates de Gaulle, entrusts his son with the mission of assassinating him, orders him to write OAS in chalk on the walls. The kid obeyed, between terror and fascination. The head of the family is violent. He stings terrible anger, kicks his belt. The mother looks at this circus with resignation. Benoît Poelvoorde slips with relish into the skin of this dangerous mythomaniac, creates a character that is both Louis Jouvet and Raimu.
Modest and delicate craftsman, Jean-Pierre Améris adapts in colorful tones and decorations to the Amelie Poulain Sorj Chalandon’s book. The boy is good at drawing.
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